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Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Hamilton, Usher, & More Receive Honorary Doctorates

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It’s Graduation Season and celebrities have taken to social media to show off the honorary doctorates they’ve received from various colleges and universities.

R&B superstar Usher Raymond received a Doctorate of Music from Berkeley College of Music. 

He took to Instagram writing: 

They call me D-o-c-t-o-r R-a-y-m-o-n-d 🎓😏🙏🏾

Thank you @berkleecollege for honoring me and presenting me with a Doctor of Music degree. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to share a message to the next generation of artists, producers, vocalists, arrangers, dancers and more. 

“Be brave and I hope your spark never goes away.”

See Usher’s original post below. 

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Spelman College. 

In a post on her Instagram page, Tracee wrote: 

I got to say a few words yesterday after @spelman_college bestowed me with a honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts and made me a Spelmanite.

Thank you Dr. Helene Gayle for this amazing opportunity to witness the glory and promise of these graduating young women.

See Tracee Ellis Ross’ original post below. 

Soul singer Anthony Hamilton was very proud to receive an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Johnson C. Smith University over the weekend. 

The “Charlene” singer shared a video from the ceremony along with the caption: 

Introducing Doctor Anthony Cornelius Hamilton (Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts) 👨🏾‍🎓🙏🏿

THANK YOU Johnson C. Smith University and all who made this special moment possible 💛💙🙏🏿

See Anthony Hamilton’s original post below. 

Actor and author Hill Harper received an honorary doctorate from Providence College. 

The “Good Doctor” star took to Instagram writing:

So incredibly honored to receive an Honorary Doctorate and give the Commencement Address at Providence College today! 

So proud to join the #FriarFamily!!

Huge CONGRATS to the incredible #PC class of 2023! You will make history!! 

“Friars hold doors!” 

#Friartown #commencement #GoFriars 

@provcollege @provcollege_alumni 

#GoFriars #DrHarper 🙂

See Hill Harper’s original post below. 

R&B songstress Tamia received an honorary Doctorate In Music from Morris Brown College and her hubby former NBA star Grant Hill received an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from Fisk University. 

She expressed her gratitude by writing: 

Yesterday was the culmination of an incredible month in the realm of higher education for our family. I was fortunate to receive an honorary doctorate in music from @morrisbrownatl at yesterday’s commencement ceremony. Thank you @drkevinjames and the entire @morrisbrownatl community for this incredible recognition. #restoration #Brownites

Earlier this month, my husband received an honorary degree of humane letters from @fiskuniversity , the oldest institution for higher education in Nashville. He also gave the commencement address at their ceremony, where he gave inspiring & engaging remarks full@of wisdom to the graduating class of 2023. #Fiskites … We are both proud and grateful to be honored and celebrated by these 2 amazing HBCU’s, as we look forward to continuing to support them and their academic missions. #supportHBCUs

See Tamia’s original post

Congratulations to all of the 2023 graduates and those who were honored with doctorates!

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